Some of the most popular trees around today are fast growing trees. Fast growing trees give homeowners the opportunity to realize the benefits of a mature tree sooner. Individuals seem to especially focus on using fast growing shade trees and fast growing hedges in their landscape to reap the benefits of these value added landscape design practices sooner. Today, I want to focus on ten of the fastest fast growing trees available on arborday.org. Once these trees are properly planted and established these trees will grow several feet per year.
In no particular order these are some of the fastest growing trees available. Please note that with proper tree care you can accelerate the growth of these trees even more. A solid root system will go a long way in helping trees to grow faster and good annual pruning practices will help maximize the potential of your tree.
Weeping Willow: Depending on the cultivar weeping willow trees can grow from 3 to 8 feet per year, making it one of the fastest of the fast growing trees. Salix babylonica will grow 3 feet per year.
October Glory Red Maple: The fast growing red maple cultivar has been bred for brilliant fall foliage. See Julie Walton Shaver growth rate chart and pictures of her October Glory Red Maple tree from 1999 to 2006.
Arborvitae Green Giant: Growing up to 3 feet a year this hybrid is an exceptional landscape tree for use as a screen, hedge, windbreak, or single specimen.
Dawn Redwood: On good sites, its growth is rapid, with a tree in Virginia reaching 120 feet in 30 years or an average of 4 feet per year.
Leyland Cypress: This rapidly growing evergreen can easily grow 3 feet per year and has a great column shape making it an extremely popular tree in home landscape design.
Paper Birch: This extremely popular fast growing tree has been known to grow at 1.5 to 2 feet per year.
Pin Oak: A large shade tree that quickly reaches its 70 foot height with an average growth rate of 2.5 feet per year.